Seoul is one of those cities where it’s not a challenge for Muslims to find a decent place to eat. Because of the presence of South Korea’s Muslim minority and the government’s strong policies safeguarding Muslim culture and practices, there are a lot of restaurants in Seoul that serve halal-certified yet traditional Korean food. I know what you’re thinking, how can we say that these places are the best? We’ve got here the top five halal restaurants in Seoul where you can partake of Korean food prepared traditionally but is safe for Muslims to eat.
Did You Know: South Korea launched ‘HALAL KOREA’ app to help Muslim tourists get the best experienced out of the country?
EID Halal Korean Food
Located near the Seoul Central Masjid in Itaewon, EID serves homemade, halal-certified, traditional Korean food. Popular items off their menu are the Bibimbap and the banchan (a meal made up of multiple side dishes served with rice and kimchi) and their korean stir fry beef. Small and family-owned, EID only has four or five dishes available to choose from at a time.
Must Try in their menu: Korean stir fry beef
Price Range: $
Facebook Page: EID Halal Korean Food
Phone Number: +82 70-8899-8210
Address: 67, Usadan-ro 10-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul 140-911
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 21:00, Tuesday to Sunday.
Directions: Watch the video below.
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Foreign Restaurant in Itaewon specializes in Indian food, but it also serves Arab and Bangladeshi food, with a smattering of Korean, Chinese and Italian. People often come here for the buffet; while slightly limited, the buffet does give value for money at 19,000 won per person (as of this writing). The food served at the buffet is kept hot and replenished quickly.
Must Try in their menu: Tandoori Chicken
Price Range: $$
Facebook Page: N/A
Phone Number: +82 2-794-9292
Address: 136-45 Itaewon Dong, Yongsangu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 11:30 – 23:00, Daily
Directions: Itaewon Station (Line 2) Exit 3, walk to the traffic lights and turn right up the hill, walk up 30 meters up to the hill on your left.
Makan Halal Korean Restaurant
From Makan Halal’s Facebook Page[/caption] Similar in style to EID and also located near the Seoul Central Masjid, Makan Halal Korean Restaurant dishes out traditional, halal-certified Korean food. Owned by a Muslim family, Makan has more items on its menu than EID. Additionally, Makan offers packed lunches for guests who don’t have the time to stay and enjoy their food on site.
Must Try in their menu: Samgyetang, a Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup
Price Range: $
Facebook Page: Makan Halal Korean Restaurant
Phone Number: +82 2-6012-2231
Address: 52, Usadan-ro 10 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 10.30 – 22:00, Opens Everyday. Closed on Tuesdays.
Directions: From Seoul Central Masjid, Makan Halal Korean Restaurant is next to EID.
Yang Good (Yangguk) Halal Korean BBQ
The only restaurant on this list that is not located near the Seoul Central Masjid or Itaewon, Yang Good BBQ in Yeoksam is where you can sample the world-famous Korean barbecue without any worries. You can enjoy a good lamb kebab prepared Korean style, glazed with sweet-spicy Korean barbecue sauce. Barbecues and kebabs are not the only food you can enjoy at the Yang Good BBQ; they also serve other traditional Korean dishes like cold noodles.
Must Try in their menu: Skewered Lamb meat and mutton soup!
Price Range: $$
Facebook Page: Yang Good Korean BBQ Lamb – Halal
Phone Number: +82 2-567-7060
Address: 15, Nonhyeon-ro 95-gil, Gangnam-gu | Pyeonghwa Bldg. 1F,Seoul
Opening Hours: 3PM till late hours
Directions: Yeoksam Station (Line 2), Exit 6.
BoA Travel House
Conveniently located in Hongdae, BoA travel house also houses a restaurant that only serves halal food via dosirak? Ever heard of a dosirak? A dosirak in Korean packed lunch boxes. So let’s say you plan to hangout in Hongdae after some light walking, it is so convenient to take away food from BoA guest house. Fret not, as you can also dine inside the restaurant.
Must Try in their menu: Bulgogi Dosirak. Yums!
Price Range: $
Facebook Page: Halal Korean Food Dosirak, Hongdae of Seoul
Phone Number: +82 2-323-6255
Address: 15, Sinchon-ro 1-gil, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: Facebook page, does not say. But by the looks of it you just need to message them and tell them the pick up time.
Directions: Get down at Hongik University Station, and walk to Hongik University St., you won’t miss it. It won’t be hard for you to find a decent restaurant in Seoul that serves halal food. A stroll through Itaewon will lead you to many delicious and safe food finds. When in doubt, though, you can always ask at the restaurant if they serve vegetarian options to items off their menu.